Articles by Susan Rife

About Susan Rife
Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.

Passion for home

International prize-winning pianist Astrid Morales Torres will present a program she calls a “musical journey” through Europe, America, Russia and Mexico as the second in a series of preview concerts for the forthcoming Coyote Creek Music Festival. Morales, who is presently [...]

‘Steel Magnolias’ a whirlwind of emotions

Don’t be deceived by the light and fluffy interactions between a group of women who convene for haircuts and manicures at Truvy’s beauty salon in small-town Chinquapin, La. There are powerful emotions pulsing beneath the snipping of hair scissors, the hum of hair dryers and [...]

Classical duo kicks off series

The first in a series of concerts to benefit the inaugural Coyote Creek Music Festival will feature the Ghaderi-Focks Duo Nov. 23 in Morgan Hill. The duo—violinist Kimia Ghaderi and pianist Andrew Focks—are members of the artistic advisory committee to the chamber music [...]

‘Cinderella’ a memorable opening to SVCT’s season

There’s something about the sheer joy and enthusiasm radiating from a cast of theater kids singing and dancing their little hearts out in a musical that can charm the most seasoned theatergoer. And the young people who opened South Valley Civic Theatre’s 51st season with [...]

Youth take charge in ‘Cinderella’

Riley Brown has gotten a little tired of playing boys in community theater productions, from the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz to Jack in Into the Woods. So she’s thrilled to be able to get her princess on as the title character in South Valley Civic Theatre’s production [...]

Personas stand out in ‘Belles’ sequel

Six sisters, some more estranged than others, must face the crisis of their widowed mother behaving badly at her nursing home in Belles: The Reunion, a comedy/drama by Mark Dunn running this summer at Limelight Actors Theater in Gilroy. But the immediate issue—Mom disrobing in [...]

‘Belles’ sequel arrives in Gilroy

Limelight Actors Theater co-founder and director Kevin Heath often stumbles onto a script for the company while he’s looking for something else. In the case of the company’s summer show, Belles: The Reunion, Heath already had read the script and seen a production of the [...]

Personalities shine in ‘Gypsy’

Let’s be clear: There’s one star, and one star only, in that classic tale of show-business mothers and daughters, Gypsy. And it’s not the legendary strip-tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. It’s her bulldozer of a stage mother, Mama Rose. South Valley Civic Theatre sticks to [...]

South Valley Civic Theatre closes out 50th season

There never was a stage mother before or since who was as horrifying as Rose Horvick, the tyrant at the heart of Gypsy, the Tony Award-winning 1959 musical that will bring South Valley Civic Theatre’s 50th anniversary season to a close. Gypsy, loosely based on the memoirs of [...]
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